The Tabernacle Scroll

Issue 70

Right and Wrong Confessions

"The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit" (Proverbs 18:21, , emphasis mine).

We cannot truly walk with God unless we agree with Him. "Can two walk together unless they be agreed?" (Amos 3:3). To agree with God is to say the same thing that God says in His Word (whether about eternal life, healing, prayer, living an overcoming life, or whatever). In fact the word confess means 'to say the same as' (that is, to agree with). So, how do we make the right confession?

Firstly, we agree with God by declaring continually we are who He says we are: His child, a new creature in Christ and 'more than conquerors' (Rom. 8:37) through Christ. When we make this confession we are disagreeing with the devil who would have us believe that we are "no good" or "failures" or "weaklings".

Secondly, we agree with God by declaring continually that we have what He says we have. For example, we carry His Name (and therefore His authority), bear His image (which means we have His character, though not yet perfected) and so on. When we make this confession we can walk in His blessings, be assured of His protection, and be guaranteed to be useful for His purposes.

Thirdly, we agree with God when we declare continually that we can do what He says we can do. "You will receive power…. " (Acts 1:8).

Making the right confession is important! The right confession will produce positive results in your life, just like a wrong confession will produce negative results. There is nothing mystical about this! The mind is a fertile ground. That is why the Bible calls us to renew our minds! We have only to look around us to see the evidence in the lives of people who continually make negative confessions! They behave like depression, anxiety, hopelessness, uselessness and a whole lot of other feelings are their lot in life! Whilst some of these ailments may undoubtedly be the result of bodily deficiencies or dysfunction, the medical world is becoming increasingly aware that their cure might well rest in 'making the right confession'.

Many Christians are stifled in their walk with the Lord because of wrong confessions. "I never seem to succeed at anything!"; " Why does this always have to happen to me?"; " I just can't conquer my weight problem"; "I will never be able to forgive that person"; "I'm just not talented enough to lead worship", and so on!

Wrong confessions glorify the devil, not OUR LORD. Did you know that for every 'wrong confession' there is an antidote in the word of God? Check it out!

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